Live Course: Acoustics in Open-to-Structure Environments

Register for this Live Course to learn more about ensuring your designs are as comfortable as they are eye-catching, learn fundamentals of sound, sound absoprtion and how to design just the right acoustical ceiling systems to reduce noise in open interiors.


As open interior spaces, and resulting exposed structures, become more common, so does the opportunity for excessive noise that contributes to occupant discomfort. This session will help architects understand the challenge by exploring how sound is generated, transmitted, and reverberates. Attendees will learn a simpler approach to sabins, how to calculate absorption, and how to apply that knowledge to designing ceiling systems that hit the sweet spot for noise reduction.

Date: October 16th, 2019 at 12 PM ET.

To Register, click Add to Cart. On the day of the event, log in, click My AIAU and choose My Courses to locate the live course.

Learning objectives

  • Address acoustical design challenges in open-to-structure spaces.
  • Review fundamentals of sound and define key acoustical terms.
  • Explain and compare various measures of sound absorption.
  • Define reverberation time as a key room acoustic design parameter.
  • Examine acoustical treatments best suited for open to structure spaces and review sample reverberation time calculations.
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  • Andrew Schmidt

    Senior Researcher, Acoustics | USG

    Andrew Schmidt is an acoustical consultant experienced in a wide array of commercial and...

Course details

Contents: Live course, evaluation

Duration: 1:00